Photography vacations in Andalucia

Andalucia makes for a stunning photography destination, an opportunity to capture images of Spain’s Moorish heartland framed against idyllic scenery, and local people going about their daily lives without having your backgrounds crowded with tourists. Andalucia photography vacations promise languid days spent wandering whitewashed ‘Pueblos Blancos’ among arid hills, vineyards, and groves of olive, orange and almond, set against deep blue skies, golden sun and dramatic mountain peaks. Expect a relaxed, supportive and thoroughly enjoyable week spent in the company of likeminded people, and accompanied by a professional tutor who will also act as your guide, bringing you to locations where you can wander and find your own inspirations.
In Nerja, roam the town’s pretty promenade, seek out street scenes and outstanding Mediterranean panoramas; in Moclinejo, lovely views of the Piedras Blancas hills; in Pampineira, a quintessentially Andalusian village in La Alpujarra, there is a bustling plaza to catch your eye while in Malaga you can walk around the narrow streets of this compact and charming city, through the magnificent Paseo del Parque gardens, past bananas trees and fountains, and admire its architecture through your lens. You might browse a sculpture garden on a mountain ridge, or the intricate Islamic tilework of Granada’s Arabic quarter and its world-famous Alhambra – the perfect spot to practise mastering composition.
These trips are suited both to enthusiastic beginners, as well as those with more experience with a camera and looking to sharpen their focus. When it comes to Spain photography vacations you have plenty of choice, but there is something truly entrancing about Andalucia.

What do Andalucia photography vacations entail?

You’ll stay in a typically Andalusian village, Torrox Pueblo, set just inland from the Costa del Sol, exactly the type of place where you’ll get a sense of the ‘Real Spain’ a world apart from the tourist hotspots. Here you might photograph fishermen hauling out their catch, or the lively plaza. Accommodation, either in a centrally located small hotel or a guesthouse, will be shared with your fellow photographers and perhaps also members of a painting group, allowing for the sharing of ideas and feedback, as well as plenty of vino. Solo travelers are very welcome, and there are no single supplements to worry about.
On these small group tours, numbers are limited to just 10 ensuring that you’ll all know each others’ names by the end of the first evening, and that your tutor / guide will be able to give you enough attention. Regular review sessions are positive and supportive, and you will find it useful to bring along a laptop for this. Don’t weigh yourself down with equipment however – a wide angle, and a telephoto lens, should suffice. You will need a DSLR or a bridge-style camera. Given there is plenty of walking around involved, comfortable walking footwear and a reasonable level of fitness are advisable, as is sun protection of course.
Think of this as a vacation first, and a photography class second. You’ll be escorted around an eclectic range of locations that will have you going click-crazy, but it’s all about drinking in that ravishing Andalusian vibe. You will enjoy a plethora of local cuisine, with tapas lunches or shaded picnics a frequent occurrence. And your approachable tutor / guide will be as knowledgeable about Andalucia as they are around a camera.
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Best time to go on an Andalucia photography vacation

These trips operate in May, June, as well as September and October, so that you benefit from the warmth and brightness of the sun, but you’re not exposed to the sweltering heat of the peak summer months, when temperatures can easily top 28°C in this part of Spain.
I enjoyed the opportunity to experience different locations from the White Villages in the hills to the city of Malaga
– Tom Wilson
“Torrox is a lovely village which really gives you the sense of being in 'real' Spain. Being taken to various locations, offered photography tuition and advice in a relaxed atmosphere is a fantastic way to spend a week - a great balance of focussing on a hobby while also being looked after on vacation. Sharing the time and meals with others on the trip, some of whom were painters rather than photographers, gives a lovely social aspect to the whole experience, and the tour operators and tutors add to that feeling by being friendly, welcoming and professional.” – Chris Pitt on a photography vacation in Andalucia

“I enjoyed the opportunity to experience different locations from the White Villages in the hills to the city of Malaga. I also enjoyed the visit to Alhambra in Granada. I came away with photographs and memories of people and locations in Andalucia which give me a sense of local people in their own locations rather than just being a tourist on vacation.” – Tom Wilson on a photography vacation in Andalucia
Written by Rob Perkins
Photo credits: [Page banner: Walk Andalucia] [Top box: Jorge Fernandez Salas] [Torrox Pueblo: Hector Martinez] [Tom Wilson quote: Alejandro Lopez]